Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program Lawyers | Calgary Alberta
Temporary foreign worker programs in Canada were established by the Canadian government. These programs both help temporary foreign workers to find employment and help employers find the workers they need. The Alberta government has also set up, under the federal program, a temporary foreign worker program. Need help ASAP in Calgary or anywhere in Alberta? Call 403-225-8810.
What The Temporary Foreign Worker Program Is For
The program identifies that there are sometimes labour shortages in Canada. The labour shortages can be national in scale or regional by province. The temporary foreign worker program helps to fill in that gap. It does this by providing a faster way to get a permit to work in Canada
How the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Works
Canada wants to make sure that jobs are not taken away from Canadians who want to work. Each temporary foreign worker program application is reviewed by the Canadian Human Resources and Skills Development office. Citizenship and Immigration Canada is also involved in the program. They will also review a labour market opinion now called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (or LMIAs) to make sure that there is a need for workers. They examine each particular field to decide if more workers are needed. A worker under the program will receive a temporary resident visa.
How to Apply for a Temporary Foreign Worker Program Worker
If your business needs a temporary foreign worker, then we encourage you to contact our office. We will help to determine if you are able to hire a worker under the temporary foreign worker program. The program focuses on specific types of employees including:
- Live-in Caregivers;
- Lower Skilled Occupations;
- Higher Skilled Occupations; and
- Agricultural Workers.
There are specific requirement as to how to apply. These include what wages you must pay, working conditions, they specific type of position and how the position must be advertised. Failing to follow the specific requirements for the specific temporary foreign worker program that you are trying to access can result in you losing the ability to bring in a foreign worker.
Once a specific individual is authorized to work under the temporary foreign worker program, he or she will need to apply for a work permit. This permit must be applied for at a designated Canadian visa office. Our lawyers can also help with renewals or extensions.
Spouse of program participants
The spouse of someone applying does not automatically get a visa to come to Canada. The spouse will have to apply for a program that would allow them to come to Canada. This is true for dependent children as well.
When A Temporary Foreign Worker Program Candidate arrives in Alberta / Canada
The temporary foreign worker will have to present documents to the border / customs agent on arrival to Canada. These documents include the letter of introduction, the job offer letter, and the Labour Market Opinion confirmation number. At this point the agent will print your work permit.
The next step is to ensure that the employer has made arrangements for medical and health care benefits. Once in Canada, you will have to apply for a social insurance number. You can get this form online.
It is important to make sure that the conditions of the program are both read and met. If they are not, you may be removed from Canada.
The Alberta Temporary Foreign Worker Program
As the needs of Canadian and Albertan employers change, so do the different programs. Available programs for both potential foreign workers as well as employers located in Alberta and throughout Canada need to be searched regularly. Because programs change, it is best to contact a law firm that has the experience to ensure that your personal or business needs are met.